If you are looking for a unique Christmas side dish recipe then you need to try this Roasted Sweet Potato and Brussel Sprout Salad. This delicious combination of roasted brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, and grains topped with a creamy apple vinaigrette is the perfect healthy holiday side dish recipe.
This Roasted Sweet Potato and Brussel Sprout Salad is so simple, but so good and after having a similar version at a local restaurant, I knew immediately that I had to recreate it at home. While I love comfort food recipes especially during the holidays, sometimes a healthy side dish really hits the spot!
I often roast vegetables, but have never added grains to it! The addition of the grains adds an interesting textural element! I used a bag of mixed grains from the grocery store, one of those microwaveable bags, but you could use whatever type of grain you like! Rice, quinoa, or couscous would all be great! You can even leave out the grains if you wanted this salad recipe to be strictly vegetables. With or without the grains, this a delicious healthy recipe idea for Christmas!
I love the versatility of this salad. You can serve it before a meal as an appetizer or you could serve it alongside turkey, chicken, or ham. It definitely works as a side dish! You can even add grilled chicken to the top and serve it as a main course! Easy entertaining recipes that are versatile are my favorite type of recipe, and this one definitely fits the bill.
I can’t forget to mention the amazing dressing! This salad is topped with an apple thyme vinaigrette! The tangy flavors of the apple cider balance out the veggies so well! It adds the perfect flavor punch to an already delicious combination! Brussel sprouts need a hearty dressing and this one is perfect!
The holidays are right around the corner and while it is time to break out our favorite comfort food recipes, we still need to have some vegetables once in a while, right? This Thanksgiving Salad recipe is perfect to even out your comfort food cravings with some healthy veggies and delicious enough to serve to guests!
Christmas Side Dish Recipes
Roasted Sweet Potato and Brussel Sprout Salad
For the salad:
- 1 lb. brussel sprouts trimmed of stems and quartered
- 2-3 large sweet potatoes peeled and cubed in 1 inch cubes
- 1 cup cooked grains rice, quinoa, or couscous
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
For the dressing:
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1-2 teaspoons honey to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Add sweet potatoes to a sheet pan. Add half the salt, pepper, and olive oil then stir to distribute. Put sheet pan in the oven and cook for 10 minutes.
While potatoes cook, trim and quarter brussel sprouts. Do not discard leaves that fall off! Once potatoes have cooked 10 minutes, add brussel sprouts to the pan and season with the rest of the salt, pepper, and olive oil. Stir again and return to the oven. Roast 15 minutes, or until leaves start to char.
While cooking, whisk together all dressing ingredients until well combined. Taste and add more seasoning or honey, to taste.
Once veggies are done cooking, add to a serving bowl. Add the grains and stir well. Right before serving, add the dressing. Serve warm or room temperature.
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